Lewis Holtby’s season-and-a-half at Tottenham didn’t go as planned, with the German back appearing 39 times and scoring thrice before moving across London with January’s loan move to Fulham.
But what might surprise Spurs fans is that he doesn’t consider his transfer from Schalke to Tottenham a failure, nor is he ruling out a return to the club.
Holtby was complimentary of Andre Villas-Boas and said Sherwood’s change in formation didn’t play to his skill set. His translated comments (always dangerous) from a German interview are interesting to say the least.
“Tottenham was at the end certainly a difficult time,” Holtby is quoted as saying. “I’ve always given everything. The coach (Tim Sherwood) has even confirmed to me that I was almost continuously the best trainer. But anyway, I rarely played.”
“To me it is important to note that I did not fail at Tottenham,” he said. “Every time when I was not in the squad, I was either injured or ineligible. It looked outwardly perhaps sometimes different, but just as it was. And maybe in the summer (I’ll go) back.”
Is that an indictment of Spurs manager Tim Sherwood? Maybe.
Holtby played eight minutes in a brief debut for the Cottagers in their 5-1 loss to Manchester City before going all 90 in Fulham’s 3-0 loss to Southampton last week.
Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.
Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.
Switzerland 7-0 San Marino
Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.
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England 2-0 Estonia
England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.
Elsewhere in EURO qualifying
Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.